Follow This Checklist to Make Sure Graduation Day Goes Smoothly

Follow This Checklist to Make Sure Graduation Day Goes Smoothly

OU Extended Campus Convocation is right around the corner, and we don’t want you to be left unprepared. Whether you’re attending convocation, commencement or both, we’ve created this checklist to make sure things go smoothly on your big day.


1. RSVP.

If you haven’t already done this, do it ASAP. If you have RSVP’d and won’t be able to attend, your guest numbers have been reduced, or you or your guests require special accommodations, please contact Missy Mitchell at or (405) 325-2823 and let her know.

2. Decorate your mortarboard.

You may decorate your mortarboard. You can be as creative as you want, but you may not use glitter.

Convocation is at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.

3. Try on your gown.

Make sure your gown fits. Spray wrinkle release on it now, and let it air out prior to the big day.

4. Choose your outfit wisely.

Be aware that you will be seen from the knees down.

5. Bring as little as possible.

There will be no place to store your items. You will have to carry whatever you bring with you or leave it with a family member.

6. Be on time.

Convocation is at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St. (Parking is available in the Elm Street Parking Garage adjacent to Catlett Music Center.) Student arrival time is noon. If you’re late or fail to RSVP, you will not be accommodated.

7. Check in.

You’ll receive wristbands for you and your guests when you check in. It’s your responsibility to distribute wristbands to your guests. Wristbands are nontransferable. Everyone must have a wristband to get in, with the exception of children under six or children you can sit on a lap.

8. Pick up your photocard. 

You will receive your photocard after you check in. Photos will be available on the OU Extended Campus Flickr photostream and Norman Party Pics.

9. Watch for your diploma in the mail. 

You won’t receive your diploma when you walk across the stage. You’ll receive it in about three months. However, your degree will appear on your transcript in three to eight weeks.

10. Join the OU alumni network. 

Now that you are officially a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, you can become part of OU’s alumni community by joining the OU Alumni Association.


If you’re also planning to attend commencement, it will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St. The commencement speaker is award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien. Please note that the stadium’s clear-bag policy will be in place. Attendees will also be required to go through metal detectors to get into the stadium.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.